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Maria Iliffe-Wood

500+ hours of coaching experience

Coach Supervisor

Leicester, Nottingham & Derby

United Kingdom

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About me

Coach Supervisor and Writer's Coach - Leicester, Derby & Nottingham

Coach Supervisor
You want to go beyond models, theories, tools and techniques. You are willing and open to see a deeper perspective that holds the potential for transformational growth in all aspects of your life and role. My aim is to bring the psyche back into coaching psychology. The psyche being the soul, inner wisdom, inner guide, invisible coach, true self. A spiritual understanding transformed my life, and my coaching. This is what I point to in my supervision. I help you to explore the depth and breadth of your own inner wisdom. Through this exploration you gain greater self-assurance, calm, resilience and mental wellbeing, as well as growth for you as a coach and for your coaching clients.

Writers Coach
You have a message you want to share with the world. You want to write a book. You might be stuck, or you can't keep yourself motivated. You don't know where to start to get it published.
I help you to break through the barriers, to write and craft your book, then I'll help you to navigate the pitfalls and find the way that's right for you to bring your book to the world. For all things writing, check out my IW Press Ltd website:

Testimonials for me as a Writers Coach:
"My journey from writer to published author is by no small measure thanks to Maria Iliffe-Wood." - Usha

"With Maria's thoughtful, patient guidance I am not only focused on what to work on, I also have a vision that is larger, more authentic, and inspiring than where I started." - Christine

Books I've written:
A Caged Mind: How Spiritual Understanding Changed a Life.
Daily Yarns: Riding the Lockdown Roller Coaster of Emotions
Coaching Presence: Building consciousness and awareness into coaching interventions. Also published in English, Russian and South Korean.

Books I've published:
A Different Story: How Six Authors Became Better Writers (Compilation)
Stories from the Muses: Become a Better Writer (Compilation)
The Should Stick: Stop Being a People Pleaser, It's Time to Be You by Tracey Hartshorn

I am a registered Three Principles Practitioner, one of only a handful in the UK. I am full member of the Association for Coaching and the Association of Coaching Supervisors and comply with both codes of ethics.

Contact me by email: if you would like to have a chat about any of my services. :)
Professional body membership

Association for Coaching

Level of membership/accreditation

AC - Individual Full Member


PG Certificate in Business CoachingCertificate in the Supervision of Coaches, Mentors and Consultants (EMCC accredited)PG Diploma in Management Studies

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Maria supported me with the publication of my first book. The support was a generous blend of coaching, mentoring and guidance through a process which was completely new to me. After approx 5 years of trying to be a published author, Maria's input was the catalyst to make it happen. If you want to publish a book, I can highly recommend Maria to guide you calmly through the whole process. Tracey Hartshorn, Coach and Author


I'm very grateful to Maria for holding such a safe, warm, deep, expansive supervision group. Her expert facilitation allowed us as a group to really be ourselves and support each other in our work, whilst benefitting from well-measured and super useful input from Maria. Highly recommended. Todd Roache


I joined Maria's supervision group after observing her discussing coaching and supervision at a coaching event. Her sense of calm and the ability to view things from a different perspective struck a chord in me. During Maria’s group sessions she offers a supportive and safe space for participants to share, explore, learn and reflect; whilst offering insights and affirmation where relevant. I would definitely, recommend Maria as a Coach Supervisor.


I joined Maria's supervision group over a year ago and it has been both inspiring and illuminating. The calmness and safety offered by the sessions has allowed my peers and I to explore a whole host of issues close to our hearts and to our clients. The insights we glean are priceless. Couldn't recommend highly enough!! Tom O'Leary


Maria's support was amazing. I would highly recommend her if you are looking for top quality mentoring and coaching.


I first came across Maria when she spoke at a coaching conference and I was drawn to her calm thoughtful approach. Her book Coaching Presence helped me to become more aware of my own presence as a coach. As a coaching supervisor she provides a supportive and safe environment to reflect on coaching sessions and explore options. Even on Zoom I always felt totally engaged in the sessions. I would have no hesitation in recommending Maria as a Coach Supervisor.


Although running your own business is very rewarding, it isn’t easy. There never seems to be time to stop and just think about things. When Maria started coaching me it felt like all that changed. She helped me to focus my thoughts, not only in terms of my business but in life in general. I suppose you could say she helped me face my fears. Although she brought a clear structure to our meetings she was also very calm and relaxed in her approach, which I really liked. I never felt under any pressure. I think it was partly her style of coaching that enabled me to really step outside of my comfort zone probably for the first time. The difference it has made has been quite astonishing; I feel as though my whole outlook has changed and I now have a much clearer picture of where I am in my business, and where I'm heading. I would not hesitate to recommend Maria’s services. Nigel C.


Maria has been a wonderful coach, mentor and friend inspiring me to change the way I see situations, and to adapt my style to help others reach their full potential. I only wish Maria was still in Herts. I highly recommend Maria . Yolanda Rugg


I first worked with Maria in 2016 when I had a real crisis of confidence as a coach and whether it was right for me as a career path. I have attended coach trainings and had Maria as a supervisor. I know that I can trust her completely, more than anyone else I know, to be really curious about who I am, how I am and what is holding me back in my personal development and my development as a coach. Maria helped me have the confidence to apply for the Executive Accreditation with the AC, has held a mirror up to me and helped me overcome my overly self-critical thoughts which were stifling me being able to move forwards. I have also learned to resist the now less. I can recommend Maria highly to coachees of any persuasion who have their own learning and growth at heart.


I have known Maria for many years now, initially as an associate, then my Coach Supervisor and now I’m proud to say she has become a good friend who I can always call upon. When working as my coach, the sessions were invaluable, Maria inspired me to improve my skills and confidence in my abilities within coaching, business and in life generally. I would highly recommend anyone to work with Maria, she has a positive approach and handles all situations with a calm, patient and confident manner. She knows her stuff!


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Specialist areas
Emotional Intelligence Focus Managing Emotions Mental Health Mentor for Coaches Mindfulness Resilience Supervision: 1-2-1 Supervision: Group Wellbeing
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